About Ian Bushnell

Ian Bushnell is a career journalist and a former News Editor and Chief of Reporting staff at The Canberra Times, where he was at the centre of some of the capital’s biggest stories.

A Canberra resident since 1995, he and his partner have raised three children here and takes a keen interest in politics, urban development, health, education and sustainability issues.

He has found Canberra to be the most liveable city in Australia, and that it’s a reputation worth fighting for.

He enjoys the ACT’s bush environment and its rich cultural offerings including music, theatre and sport, although as a Collingwood supporter the Giants will always be that other Sydney team.

A lover of fine reds, he believes Canberra is blessed to have so many great wineries on our doorstep.

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No, the office is not done yet, but it’s going to be different
The office may never be the same after COVID-19. Not only is the hybrid workplace likely here to stay, but the layout, fitout and facilities of the traditional office are going to have to change. Canberra's COVID-19 lockdown has hit the national capital's office occupancy worse than other Australian cities, plummeting from 73 per cent to 8 per cent of pre-COVID occupancy,...
Big-spending Budget to focus on jobs and skills, says Barr
Chief Minister Andrew Barr has promised another big-spending Budget to support the Territory's economic recovery from the impacts of the pandemic and create more jobs. Mr Barr also told business leaders in his State of the Territory address today that the government would be doing all it could to attract skilled workers to the capital while overseas migration is on...
New executive hire boosts Canberra IT firm’s public sector links
Rising Canberra-based IT outfit The Factor has boosted its public sector credentials with the addition to its leadership team of former Microsoft and Citadel Group executive Robert Hartley, who has strong defence and intelligence connections. Former Veritec chief executive Keiran Mott founded The Factor last year to provide business design, digital advisory and transformation and app development services to federal...
Innovative Canberra wins clutch of national planning awards
Canberra has snared an unprecedented three national planning awards and a commendation in hotly contested competition that highlights the national capital's prowess for innovation. High-profile inner-city projects and software used throughout Australia and overseas have been recognised in the Planning Institute of Australia’s national finals broadcast in a special YouTube presentation on Monday, 24 May. Campbell 5 was a joint...
How ACT’s tourism industry is getting back in the game
The ACT's tourism industry is bouncing back after COVID-19 restrictions, travel bans and border closures shredded the number of visitors to the national capital. Chief Minister and Tourism Minister Andrew Barr said a range of data was pointing to a recovery in the sector, assisted by government initiatives to attract more visitors to the region, better air connections and more competition...
Public service changes cloud ACT economic success story
Dampened public service wage growth may take the steam out of the ACT's booming economy, according to the latest Deloitte Access Economics business outlook. A bigger Australian Public Service during the public health response to the pandemic has been good for Canberra, but those numbers have been declining as the crisis recedes, and Deloitte says the scrapping of the 2...
Innovative company to share intelligence with the world
Growing Canberra tech firm Trellis Data is set to take its cutting edge artificial intelligence (AI) platform to the world after securing a significant capital injection, including $3 million from the CSIRO's innovation fund. The funds boost will accelerate the company's expansion and fuel further development of its world-leading machine learning technology. The Trellis Intelligence Platform interprets and provides intelligence...
Canberra startup has big plans for battle-tested bushfire website
The Canberra startup behind a website forged in the intensity of the 2019-2020 bushfires that became a national sensation is now on the hunt for capital to make it commercially viable while retaining its original community service mission. The popularity of Bushfire.io during the Black Summer spread like the wildfires it tracked, alerting communities across the nation to the location of...
New Property Council head wants greater innovation and certainty in property sector
More support for innovative thinking, greater certainty for industry and community and the encouragement of diverse housing choices are top of mind for the new head of the ACT Property Council, Arabella Rohde. With more than 20 years experience in the property and construction sector, Ms Rohde, Senior Development Manager at Lendlease Development, is the first woman to be elected...
ACT Budget: Business needs ongoing support, social housing boost missing
According to the Canberra Business Chamber, Canberra businesses impacted by the COVID-19 economic downturn were still in need of support from the ACT Government. Canberra Business Chamber CEO Graham Catt said the Budget could have done more for businesses hit hard by COVID-19 to help them recover. ''Now we’re in a recovery phase we need a focus on initiatives that...
ACT Budget: Red ink for years but Barr confident of strong economic recovery
The ACT faces a long period deep in the red despite the ACT Government's delayed Budget for 2020-21 showing a better than expected bottom line but big deficits, albeit reducing, stretching out to 2023-24. While the 2020-21 deficit is $300 million less than the nearly billion dollars forecast in the August update, at $603 million, deficits will persist over the...
Capital raising to back Castlepoint’s AI export charge
Award-winning Canberra tech firm Castlepoint Systems has embarked on a $2 million capital raising to hire more staff so it can cope with demand for its pioneering artificial intelligence (AI) data management and protection solution. The capital raising follows a series of awards last month in quick succession for the two-year-old company, taking out the Cyber Security category at the Australian...
Business keen to press tax and COVID-19 cases with new minister
The Canberra Business Chamber has welcomed a dedicated business minister in Andrew Barr's new cabinet, and will continue pushing for tax relief and a relaxation of coronavirus restrictions. CEO Graham Catt said having someone in Cabinet who understands Canberra's diverse business sector and is able to consider how government decisions might affect those businesses was vital. Labor's Tara Cheyne has...
Region Media among the winners in Public Interest News Gathering grants
Region Media has successfully accessed a grant via the Federal Government's Public Interest News Gathering program, which is designed to assist media businesses serving regional and remote parts of Australia. The grants come at a time when the future of many regional news mastheads remains uncertain. A total of 107 publishers and broadcasters will share the $50 million in Federal funding...
AI tool gives tech pioneer Castlepoint keys to the data kingdom
A home-grown IT start-up that is pioneering the management of records using artificial intelligence is poised to spread its wings overseas after rapid growth in Australia. CEO Rachel Greaves and partner and Chief Technology Officer Gavin McKay launched Castlepoint Systems about 18 months ago. Since then the company has grown from just them to a 16-strong outfit with 20 clients...
Caution urged on remote witnessing of documents during COVID-19 restrictions
Expert Advice
Lawyers have been urged to be cautious when using a new temporary law that allows the remote or virtual witnessing of legal documents such as wills and power of attorney in the current pandemic environment. The new law makes it more convenient to progress legal matters when clients are averse to face-to-face meetings due to fears of contracting COVID-19 but...